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Published: Tuesday 8 December 2015 at 3am PST

Homebound seniors who have home-delivered meals report significantly less loneliness than those who do not, according to a study published in Journals of Gerontology, Series B.
Senior man receives home delivered meal from female visitor
There was a significant reduction in self-reported feelings of loneliness among homebound seniors who had home-delivered meals, compared with those who did not.
Image credit: Michael Cohea/Brown University

The pressure to cut costs brings with it the possibility of overlooking the less tangible benefits when seeking alternative models in the provision of a public service.

Nutrition service providers are no exception, and the new study – conducted as a randomized, controlled trial – shows that home-delivered meals do more than nourish physical well-being; they also have a positive emotional effect in the lives of older people who are stuck at home.

It appears that the regular knock on the door, with the opportunity to exchange some friendly words with the person delivering the meal, goes a long way to reducing feelings of loneliness in older people in need.

Lead author Kali Thomas, assistant professor (research) of health services, policy and practice at Brown University School of Public Health in Providence, RI, says:

“This continues to build the body of evidence that home-delivered meals provide more than nutrition and food security.”

Prof. Thomas, a former volunteer for Meals on Wheels, believes the study is one of only a few that has rigorously examined the long-presumed psychological benefits of home-delivered meal service. It is certainly the first randomized, controlled trial to measure the effect on loneliness, she notes.

Many participants socially isolated

The trial participants were 626 older adults from eight American cities who were on waiting lists to receive Meals on Wheels. They were randomly assigned to three groups.

In one group, the participants received a daily fresh meal, in another they received a weekly delivery of frozen meals, and in the third group they remained on the waiting list – this was the control group.

The trial ran for 15 weeks. All participants were interviewed at the start and end of the period.


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| February 20, 2014 11:58 am

There’s clearly a lot of honor in being named the first offshore wind farm in the U.S., and developers keep that in mind with each deal they strike and announcement they make.

In the past two weeks, Deepwater Wind announced deals that it believes keeps its Block Island Wind Farm “on target to become the nation’s first offshore wind farm.” First, the Providence, RI-based firm signed a deal with the French Alstom Group for five, 6-megawatt (MW) turbines that will power the farm to be constructed on waters near Rhode Island’s Block Island. Next, Deep Wind tapped Oslo, Norway-based Fred. Olsen Windcarrier to provide the vessel for the farm’s turbine installation.

Video screenshot: Deepwater Wind

Video screenshot: Deepwater Wind

“This agreement represents a giant leap forward for the Block Island Wind Farm, and the start of turbine construction just last month marked a major project milestone,” said Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffrey Grybowski.

Alstom’s 6-MW Haliade 150 turbines are 589 feet tall. The company has 2.3 gigawatts of offshore wind farm substations delivered or under construction around the world.

The 30-MW Block Island Wind Farm will generate more than 125,000 MW hours annually, enough to power about 17,000 homes. The energy will be exported to the mainland electric grid through a 21-mile, bi-directional Block Island transmission system that includes a submarine cable proposed to make landfall in Narragansett, RI.

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I Would Have Stopped Him, ‘Misha’ Says Of Bombing Suspect

April 29, 2013 8:00 AM

The man known as Misha who relatives of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects have alleged says he did no such thing and would have tried to stop the attack if he had known about it.

“I wasn’t his teacher,” Mikhail Allakhverdov (Misha) said Sunday of Tamerlan Tsarnaev. “If I had been his teacher, I would have made sure he never did anything like this.”

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as seen in a video taken on April 15 near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as seen in a video taken on April 15 near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died April 19 of injuries received during a gun battle with police in Watertown, Mass. His 19-year-old brother, Dzhokhar, the other suspect, was captured later that day in Watertown. He is being held at a prison medical facility outside Boston. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction.

April 15 by two blasts near the marathon’s finish line. The brothers also allegedly killed a MIT police officer later that week.

It was writer Christian Caryl who tracked down Allakhverdov. Caryl writes about their conversation . According to Caryl:

— “Having been referred by a family in Boston that was close to the Tsarnaevs, I found Allakhverdov at his home in Rhode Island, in a lower middle class neighborhood, where he lives in modest, tidy apartment with his elderly parents.”

— “Allakhverdov said he had known Tamerlan in Boston, where he lived until about three years ago, and has not had any contact with him since.”

— Allakhverdov said he has “been cooperating entirely with the FBI. I gave them my computer and my phone and everything I wanted to show I haven’t done anything. And they said they are about to return them to me. And the agents who talked told me they are about to close my case.”

Update at 6:25 p.m. ET. News Report: Female DNA Found on Bomb

Boston probe eyes slain Canadian jihadist, source says

By Josh Levs and Ben Brumfield, CNN
updated 8:11 PM EDT, Mon April 29, 2013
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  • Feds find female DNA on fragment of pressure cooker bombs, sources say
  • Source: Feds probe possible link to slain Canadian jihadist
  • Death-penalty expert appointed to represent Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
  • Federal agents interview “Misha” in Rhode Island

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(CNN) — Federal agents are looking into possible links between dead Boston Marathon bomb suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and a Canadian boxer-turned-jihadist killed by Russian troops in 2012, a source being briefed on the investigation said Monday.

William Plotnikov and six others died in a firefight with Russian forces in the southwestern republic of Dagestan in July 2012, while Tsarnaev was visiting the region, the source said. The 23-year-old Plotnikov had been born in Russia, but his family moved to Canada when he was a teenager.

The source said Plotnikov’s body was prepared for burial by a local imam on July 14. Tamerlan Tsarnaev flew out of Dagestan two days later, arriving in New York on July 17. Investigators are looking into the possibility he left because of Plotnikov’s death, the source said.

Additionally, the source says investigators are looking into whether Tsarnaev had any contact with another militant named Mahmoud Mansur Nidal, 18, who was killed by Russian forces in May 2012 during a gun battle in Makhachkala, Dagestan’s capital.

Tsarnaev’s parents live in Makhachkala. Possible links between Tsarnaev and Plotnikov and Nidal were first reported by a Russian magazine, Novaya Gazeta.

And the source said that about a month before he returned to the United States, Tamerlan Tsarnaev applied for a Russian passport at a government office in Dagestan, telling authorities he had lost his existing passport. According to the source, Tsarnaev left Dagestan before his new passport arrived. It’s not clear whether he traveled on an existing Russian or Kyrgyz passport.

That report emerged the same day a U.S. government official told CNN that FBI agents have interviewed the man identified as “Misha,” an elusive figure whose name has surfaced in the Boston bombing investigation.

Investigators spoke with the man in Rhode Island after reports surfaced suggesting that members of the suspected bombers’ family blame a “Misha” for radicalizing Tsarnaev, whose wounded brother has identified him as the mastermind of the April 15 bombing.

The man, whose real name is Mikhail Allakhverdov, denies ever encouraging a violent take on Islam and says he was not Tamerlan’s teacher, according to a New York Review of Books writer who says he interviewed Misha.

“He began telling me he cooperated with the FBI” and had handed over his computer and cell phone, reporter Christian Caryl told CNN on Monday.

Allakhverdov insisted he had “nothing to do with radicalization,” Caryl said.

CNN has made repeated efforts to speak with Allakhverdov, but has so far been unsuccessful.

A lawyer who stepped out of the West Warwick, Rhode Island, apartment listed for Mikhail Allakhverdov told CNN he represents the parents of someone who lives there, adding, “We call him Michael.”

The parents have answered all questions the authorities have asked of them, attorney Richard Nicholson said.

The parents are nervous because of the media focus on them, he said, adding that the mother has a heart condition.

Misha’s family ‘friendly and welcoming’

Caryl said that when he showed up at Misha’s home, he took the family by surprise but managed to spend some time with him.

“I wasn’t his teacher. If I had been his teacher, I would have made sure he never did anything like this,” Allakhverdov said, according to Caryl’s report.

“A thirty-nine-year-old man of Armenian-Ukrainian descent, Allakhverdov is of medium height and has a thin, reddish-blond beard,” Caryl wrote. “When I arrived he was wearing a green and white short-sleeve football jersey and pajama pants. Along with his parents, his American girlfriend was there, and we sat together in a tiny living room that abuts the family kitchen.”

He added, “In many ways, Allakhverdov’s parents seem typical former-Soviet émigrés who had embraced middle class life in the United States. His father is an Armenian Christian and his mother is an ethnic Ukrainian.”

In the article, Allakhverdov’s father is quoted as saying, “We love this country. We never expected anything like this to happen to us.”

Ruslan Tsarni, Tamerlan’s uncle, told CNN last week that a friend of his nephew “just took his brain. He just brainwashed him completely.”

After The Associated Press said members of Tsarnaev’s family identified the friend as Misha, Tsarnaev’s former brother-in-law told CNN that Tsarnaev had a friend by that name. Elmirza Khozhgov said the friend apparently “had influence on Tamerlan.” But Khozhgov said he did not see Misha try to radicalize Tsarnaev.

Death-penalty expert to defend bomb suspect

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died after a shootout with police. His younger brother, Dzhokhar, 19, sustained gunshot wounds and is being held at a prison medical facility west of Boston. He has been charged with using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death, as well as one count of malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death.

On Monday, a federal judge appointed prominent defense lawyer Judy Clarke to represent the wounded suspect, who could be sentenced to death if convicted.

Legal colleagues consider Clarke to be the nation’s foremost expert on defending federal capital cases. She has represented numerous high-profile clients facing Death Row, including Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber; Eric Rudolph, who admitted to the 1996 Atlanta Olympic bombing and other attacks; and Jared Lee Loughner, who pleaded guilty to killing six people and wounding 13, including then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in a Tucson, Arizona, shooting spree. All of them are serving life in prison.

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Brown University student Sunil Tripathi.

A missing Brown University student wrongly rumored to be involved in the Boston Marathon bombings was confirmed dead Thursday, after his body was pulled from the Providence River earlier this week.

Officials confirmed through dental records that it was 22-year-old Sunil Tripathi, who was last seen on March 16.

“We have confirmed the identity of the young man found in the water off India Point in Providence,” said Dara Chadwick, a spokesperson for the Rhode Island Department of Health. Tripathi’s body was pulled from the river on Tuesday, she said.

No foul play is suspected in his death, the Rhode Island medical examiner said. The cause of death has not yet been determined, but police said on Tuesday when his body was found that it had been in the water for a long time.


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2 11.02.2013 Power Outage USA State of Rhode Island, [R.I.-wide] Damage level

Power Outage in USA on Saturday, 09 February, 2013 at 05:30 (05:30 AM) UTC.

National Grid says more than 170,000 customers have lost power in Rhode Island, and they’re advising residents to be prepared for power outages that could last for days because of the blizzard hitting the region. The utility reports most of the outages Friday night were in Washington County. Conditions aren’t expected to improve until after early Saturday, and the utility has brought in hundreds of extra crews to respond to downed lines and restore power. The utility is reminding people to stay clear of downed trees and power lines.

Power Outage in USA on Saturday, 09 February, 2013 at 05:30 (05:30 AM) UTC.


Updated: Monday, 11 February, 2013 at 11:54 UTC
National Grid officials say about 20,000 homes and businesses remain without power in parts of Rhode Island that saw the heaviest damage from the blizzard on Friday and Saturday. The utility company had expected to repair most remaining outages by Sunday night. About 187,000 customers were without power during the height of the storm. Nearly 15,800 of the remaining outages Monday morning are in the southern part of the state. Gov. Lincoln Chafee and other state officials have asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to perform a preliminary disaster assessment in all five counties to help the state calculate damages and potentially apply for federal aid. Many schools are closed Monday. Public transit service was scheduled to resume Monday morning.

Crews continue work to restore power in RI

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The blizzard brought a winter wonderland scene to North Kingstown.

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Snow was falling around the Northeast on Friday, ushering in what’s predicted to be a massive, possibly historic blizzard.

Blizzard Hits East Coast

Images from various locations in the Northeast, which was hit by a blizzard Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.

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National Grid says more than 170,000 customers have lost power in Rhode Island, and they’re advising residents to be…


By: ERIKA NIEDOWSKI | The Associated Press
Published: February 11, 2013


Utility crews were working Monday to restore electricity to the parts of Rhode Island that saw some of the heaviest damage from the weekend storm, as residents tried to return to their routines – albeit a lot more slowly than usual – and snow removal efforts continued.

David Graves, a spokesman for National Grid, said the utility is confident all power will be restored by Monday night. Most of the remaining 17,700 customer outages were in the southern part of the state, with South Kingstown and Charlestown experiencing the highest number, according to National Grid’s website.

“There’s still a lot of snow out there that we have to move out of the way,” Graves said.

In some places, including Lincoln, drivers trying to navigating slick roadways during the morning commute hit utility poles, causing new outages. About 187,000 customers were without power during the height of the storm.

Bryan Lucier, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, said the interstates and state highways were clear, but crews were working to widen travel lanes where snow was still in the way, including on some on- and off-ramps. The message of the day for those out traveling: Take it slow and be patient.

“A little courtesy will go a long way on the roads right now,” Lucier said.


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Today Storm Surge USA State of Massachusetts, Salisbury Damage level Details

Storm Surge in USA on Saturday, 09 February, 2013 at 17:03 (05:03 PM) UTC.

In coastal communities north of Boston, the roiling sea from the Blizzard of 2013 forced some people to leave their homes. Others left their homes voluntarily – to witness the power of Mother Nature. A storm surge of at least 20 feet rolled over the seawall in Salisbury, damaging at least two homes, and triggering a mandatory evacuation of about 1,000 residents who live along the beach, police said. “We had a couple of rogue waves,” Salisbury Police Detective Steve Sforza said this morning. “One tide went right through the surf side” of a home. Police responded to a 911 call around 9 a.m. from a family on North End Avenue, which runs along Salisbury Beach toward New Hampshire.”They said the ocean was inside their house, and they were right,” said Sforza, who responded to the call. “There was sand everywhere.” Four adults and two cats were taken from the home, Sforza said. Police immediately ordered residents to evacuate. Buses were transporting people to a shelter set up at town elementary school on Route 1, Sforza said. “We can’t force people out of their houses, but we’re telling people to leave for safety reasons,” he said. Despite the damage to the two homes, no buildings collapses or injuries were reported, Sforza said. The storm surge, which came about an hour before the 10 a.m. high tide, surprised officials in this beach town o the New Hampshire border, Sforza said. “We had no idea the surf would be that high,” he said. “It wasn’t even high tide.”

As high tide approached at 10 a.m. on Saturday on Plum Island, just to the south, Newbury officials feared pounding surf could worsen beach erosion that already threatens several homes with toppling into the sea. “No mandatory evacuation has been issued, but we are very concerned with the potential for severe beach erosion during this high-tide cycle,” Town Administrator Tracy Blais said in an e-mail. Public safety officials and the building commissioner were standing by on the barrier island, but a mandatory evacuation was not ordered, she said. Farther down the coast towards Boston, in Revere, high tide this morning brought crashing waves, but no major flooding, Fire Chief Eugene Doherty said. “I think we were fortunate,” Doherty said by telephone, about 10:30 a.m., just after high tide. “The wind shifted. That helped us.”

Waves as high as 40 feet crashed over the seawall, flooding Revere Beach Boulevard. No homes or businesses were damaged, Doherty said. Small pockets of flooding were confined largely to the shoreline neighborhoods of Riverside and Point of Pines, Doherty said. “It was just localized to streets in that area,” he said. “We’re actually over the worst part.” High tide in Manchester-by-the-Sea brought Gary Swayze to Singing Beach, with camera in hand.

1 09.02.2013 Snow Storm USA MultiStates, [States of New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, Connecticut] Damage level Details

Snow Storm in USA on Friday, 08 February, 2013 at 20:10 (08:10 PM) UTC.

Most airlines were giving up on flying in and out of New York, Boston and other cities in the Northeast Friday as a massive storm threatened to dump snow by the foot on the region. Airlines were generally shutting down operations in the afternoon at the three big New York-area airports as well as Boston, Providence, Portland, Maine, and other Northeastern airports. They’re hoping to resume flights on Saturday. Many travelers were steering clear of that part of the country altogether. Airlines waived the usual fees to change tickets for flights in the affected areas.Airlines try to get ahead of big storms by canceling flights in advance rather than crossing their fingers that they can operate in bad weather. They want to avoid having crews and planes stuck in one area of the country. They also face fines for leaving passengers stuck on a plane for more than three hours under a rule that went into effect back in 2010. As any frequent traveler knows, during a bad storm, the fastest route from, say, New York to Minneapolis may be through Atlanta, or Salt Lake City. Airline workers are adept at finding such routes manually. The new Delta system looks for such “creative routings” automatically and sends a message to the traveler telling them about their new flight, Delta Air Lines Inc. CEO Richard Anderson said on an employee hotline message last week. More than any other airline, JetBlue Airways Corp.’s route network is centered around the East Coast. Its meteorologist gives JetBlue executives a rolling seven-day forecast, and by Friday it was canceling flights. It scrubbed more than 400 flights scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

Waiting too long to cancel flights means “customers are headed for the airport, they’re in their cars, they get to the airport and if your flight’s canceled that’s when bad things start to happen from a customer standpoint,” said Rob Maruster, Jet Blue’s chief operating officer. The snow was snarling air travel in Canada, too, with 240 flights canceled on Friday at Pearson International Airport in Toronto. Environment Canada senior climatologist David Phillips said Toronto hasn’t seen a snowfall exceeding 5 inches since Dec. 19, 2008. The current storm was expected to dump up to 11 inches of snow as it moves along.

Snow Storm in USA on Friday, 08 February, 2013 at 20:10 (08:10 PM) UTC.


Updated: Saturday, 09 February, 2013 at 04:54 UTC
Governors of four states have declared a state of emergency as forecasters say a massive blizzard is poised to dump up to 3 feet of snow on the Northeast. Snow began falling Friday morning in some areas with the heaviest amounts expected to fall at night and into Saturday. Wind gusts are expected to reach up to 75 mph. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency and banned travel on roads as of 4 p.m. as the state braced for the storm. As the storm gains strength it will bring “extremely dangerous conditions” with bands of snow dropping up to two to three inches per hour at the height of the blizzard, Patrick said. Patrick ordered non-emergency state workers to stay home Friday and urged private employers to do the same. Widespread power failures were feared, along with high tides and flooding in much of the coastal areas.Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy declared a state of emergency and is asking all residents to limit travel. Roads in the state will be subject to closure beginning at noon. “People need to take this storm seriously. If current predictions are accurate, we will need people to stay off the roads so that emergency personnel and utility crews can get to the places they need to get to, and make sure that our plows can keep critical roadways clear,” Malloy said. “Please stay home once the weather gets bad except in the case of real emergency.” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also declared a state of emergency to give the government more flexibility in dealing with the snow and ice expected in the area. Cuomo says the weather will be bad, but the state has been through much worse.

In New England, it could prove to be among the top 10 snowstorms in history, and perhaps even break Boston’s record of 27.6 inches, set in 2003 forecasters said. The last major snowfall in southern New England was well over a year ago, the Halloween storm of 2011. Gov. Lincoln Chafee declared a state of emergency in Rhode Island as some areas of the state are predicted to get 2 feet of snow. The governor urged residents to take “extreme caution” and stay off the roads. More than 3,700 flights through Saturday have been canceled with disruptions from the blizzard certain to ripple across the U.S.

New York City’s three main airports, most domestic carriers planned to cease operations between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday, resuming after noon on Saturday. At Boston’s Logan and other New England airports, most airlines were to cease operations between noon and 4 p.m. and would restart Saturday. Amtrak said its Northeast trains will stop running Friday afternoon. “This one doesn’t come along every day. This is going to be a dangerous winter storm,” Alan Dunham, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Taunton, Mass. said. “Wherever you need to get to, get there by Friday afternoon and don’t plan on leaving.”

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said plows and 250,000 tons of salt were being put on standby as he urged residents to stay home Friday night. “We hope forecasts are exaggerating the amount of snow, but you can never tell,” Bloomberg said. New York City is expected to get between 10-15 inches of snow across its five boroughs. Blizzard warnings were issued for parts of New Jersey and New York’s Long Island as well as portions of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. The warnings extended into New Hampshire and Maine.

In Whitman, a southeast Mass. town where up to 30 inches of snow is forecast, public work crews were cleaning crosswalk signs, trash barrels and anything else that might impeded plows later. “We’ve had instances where they have predicted something big and it’s petered out,” Dennis Smith, a DPW worker said. “I don’t think this is going to be one of those times.” Diane Lopes was among the shoppers who packed a supermarket Thursday in the coastal fishing city of Gloucester, Mass. She said she went to a different grocery earlier in the day but it was too crowded. Lopes said she has strep throat and normally wouldn’t leave the house but had to stock up on basic foods — “and lots of wine.”

Today Power Outage USA State of Rhode Island, [R.I.-wide] Damage level Details

Power Outage in USA on Saturday, 09 February, 2013 at 05:30 (05:30 AM) UTC.

National Grid says more than 170,000 customers have lost power in Rhode Island, and they’re advising residents to be prepared for power outages that could last for days because of the blizzard hitting the region. The utility reports most of the outages Friday night were in Washington County. Conditions aren’t expected to improve until after early Saturday, and the utility has brought in hundreds of extra crews to respond to downed lines and restore power. The utility is reminding people to stay clear of downed trees and power lines.

Power Outage in USA on Saturday, 09 February, 2013 at 05:30 (05:30 AM) UTC.


Updated: Saturday, 09 February, 2013 at 17:00 UTC
Rhode Islanders were urged Saturday to stay off the roads to allow crews to clear up to 2 feet of snow from a powerful winter storm that left 180,000 homes and businesses without power across the state. Gov. Lincoln Chafee ordered all roads in the state closed to nonessential traffic effective Saturday morning. He said the temporary travel restrictions would allow public works crews to clear streets and aid utility workers trying to restore power. The state remains under a blizzard warning until 1 p.m. Saturday, and officials advised residents to stay home until conditions improved. Most people appeared to heed the warnings in Providence, where typically busy streets were empty Saturday morning as the wind blew snow into drifts that buried cars and parking lots.While Providence County experienced the greatest number of outages, nearly everyone in Newport and Bristol County was without power Saturday morning. National Grid said extra crews have been called in to assist but cautioned that it could be days before power is fully restored. No accidents or injuries were reported on state highways, although dozens of cars got stuck in the snow, state police Lt. William Jamieson said. T.F. Green Airport remained closed Saturday morning and all departing flights for the day were canceled. Chafee declared a state of emergency Friday as the storm picked up in intensity. Interstates were closed to nonessential traffic and two state bridges were briefly closed to commercial traffic after strong wind gusts created dangerous conditions.

Today Power Outage USA State of New York, [Long Island] Damage level Details

Power Outage in USA on Saturday, 09 February, 2013 at 10:32 (10:32 AM) UTC.

More than 10,000 customers were without power after a major snowstorm hit the Long Island area, according to the Long Island Power Authority. National Grid was preparing for a “significant” restoration effort with a ground force of 1,000 workers as the major winter storm hit an electric system just recovered from superstorm Sandy. Blizzard Nemo will be an all boots on the ground operation, National Grid President John Bruckner said Friday during a press conference regarding storm preparation. The company president estimates about 100,000 power outages across Long Island during the storm. However, customers shouldn’t be in the dark for long. Bruckner said power will likely be restored within 24 hours. While the impending blizzard is not expected to cause nearly the same amount of outages that Sandy did, Commack residents are skeptical that elecricity will be turned on within a day. “Somebody is building castles in the sky,” Commack Facebook fan Pat Bocchino, commented.During Sandy, some Commack residents experienced power outages for more than a week after the storm. Bruckner said the company has 700 high-voltage lineman and 250 tree-trimmers ready to act after the storm. In addition National Grid is upping the number of call-center personnel to provide better communication during and after the storm, Bruckner said. National Grid has fully restocked its supplies of power lines, transformers and wires so that workers do not have to wait for shipments to come in, like they did during Superstorm Sandy. “The resources we needed, we didn’t see until many days after Sandy. For this storm, they are on Long Island,” he said. Bruckner also said that the company is monitoring the potential storm surge on Long Island’s North Shore, and has already sandbagged its equipment in case of flooding. “We feel we’re in pretty good shape going into this storm,” Bruckner said.

2 Today Power Outage USA State of Massachusetts , [Massachusetts-wide] Damage level Details

Power Outage in USA on Saturday, 09 February, 2013 at 05:33 (05:33 AM) UTC.

More than 300,000 customers are without electricity in Massachusetts as a massive snowstorm intensifies with gusty winds. By late Friday, NStar had reported 175,000 customers without power and National Grid had more than 140,000. Most of the outages are in southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod, where wet heavy snow and winds gusting over 50 mph have been reported. State officials have said about 2,000 utility crews are prepared to respond to storm outages but won’t be able to do so until conditions are safe for them.

Power Outage in USA on Saturday, 09 February, 2013 at 05:33 (05:33 AM) UTC.


Updated: Saturday, 09 February, 2013 at 10:39 UTC
A massive snowstorm packing hurricane-force winds has knocked out power to 400,000 customers in Massachusetts and has shuttered a nuclear power plant. By early Saturday, NStar had reported more than 240,000 customers without power and National Grid had 165,000. Most of the outages are in southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod, where wet heavy snow and winds gusting over 75 mph have been reported. One of the outages was the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth, which shut down after losing off-site power. Authorities say there’s no threat to public safety. State officials have said about 2,000 utility crews are prepared to respond to storm outages but won’t be able to do so until conditions are safe for them.

Power Outage in USA on Saturday, 09 February, 2013 at 05:33 (05:33 AM) UTC.


Updated: Saturday, 09 February, 2013 at 16:57 UTC
More than 400,000 customers are without power in Massachusetts and people are being asked to continue to stay off the roads as the state digs out from up to 2 feet of snow. The biggest snow totals so far are around Worcester, which got 28 inches. Nearly 22 inches was measured Saturday morning at Logan International Airport, where some flights could resume in the afternoon. Kurt Schwartz, director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, says officials will assess later Saturday whether the driving ban imposed by Gov. Deval Patrick needs to stay in place. He says so far it’s been helpful and police only had to rescue about 30 stranded drivers overnight. National Guard troops are now focused on helping people in coastal areas of the state where flooding is a problem during high tide.

  • Boston could get up to two feet of snow and New York City about half that in weekend storm as two storm systems merge
  • Boston under blizzard watch Friday through Saturday with hurricane force wind gusts expected
  • Forecasts are varied and some predict the majority of snowfall will be further north

By Daily Mail Reporter

A potentially historic Nor’easter is churning its way toward the Northeast with potential hurricane force wind gusts and blizzard conditions dumping as much as two feet of snow in some places on Friday and Saturday.

While the actual trajectory for the storm is still unknown, New York City could get around 10 inches and Boston could get slammed with as much as two feet with winds gusts up to 55 mph.

A blizzard watch is now in effect starting Friday morning for much of Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island with travel not recommended amid fears of dangerous white out conditions, the National Weather Service reports.

kSnowbelt: The East Coast could get hit with up to 12 inches of snow as a powerful system moves east
kVariations on a storm: However, other weather prediction services show that the majority of the storm will be further north
Path: By Friday evening at 7pm the storm is projected to be just off the eastern coast of New Jersey as depicted by NOAA herePath: By Friday evening at 7pm the storm is projected to be just off the eastern coast of New Jersey as depicted by NOAA here

Knee deep: An accumulated snow forecast from Intellicast shows one storm system coming across the Midwest into the East CoastKnee deep: An accumulated snow forecast from Intellicast shows one storm system coming across the Midwest into the East Coast

The National Weather Service is forecasting ‘a potential historic winter storm and blizzard’ in Boston while issuing a blizzard watch throughout the area from Friday until Saturday afternoon.

They report the heaviest snow to begin falling on Friday night into Saturday morning with 2-3 inches per hour possible and visibility less than a quarter of a mile or less at times.

Just south, most of New York state is under its own winter storm watch with snow likely to begin falling by early Friday morning and develop into heavier snowfall throughout the afternoon.

Heavy rain, snow, and wind gusts possibly more than 50 mph are expected throughout Metro New York, Long Island, Connecticut and up into Orange county, New Jersey creating fears of potential power outages in freezing conditions and drifting and blowing snow making roads impassable according to NOAA.

‘As always in the winter season we are prepared for whatever Mother Nature brings,’ New York Sanitation Dept. spokesman Keith Mellis told the New York Post of their 365 salt-spreaders standing by.

‘Once we get a weather forecast that looks like the threat of snow, we have them pre-loaded. They’re our first line of defense,’ he said.

Widespread minor flooding and moderate flooding along shoreline communities is also expected, potentially causing moderate to significant beach erosion among some of the hardest hit areas less than four months after Hurricane Sandy.

The Weather Channel reports that the Midwestern storm pattern, which passed through Chicago and Milwaukee, will mix with wetter weather coming from New Orleans, Louisville, and even Atlanta.

Bundling up: On Friday snow, seen in blue, is expected to blanket parts of the northeast while accompanying patches of ice, seen in pink and purpleBundling up: On Friday snow, seen in blue, is expected to blanket parts of the northeast while accompanying patches of ice, seen in pink and purple


Salt of the Earth: Municipal trucks fill up with salt Wednesday in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in preparations for what could be a large snowfall

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(NaturalNews) Raising chickens is smart. It provides you a healthy supply of food in the form of chicken eggs, and you’ll even have a source of emergency meat if times get really bad.

Chickens largely take care of themselves. They’re friendly, curious and smart enough to come running when you call them. They’ll devour scorpions, ticks, crickets, and even the occasional small lizard, removing all sorts of insect pests from your property.

I’ve been raising chickens for several years now, both in South America and in Central Texas, and I’d like to pass along what I’ve learned so that you can raise healthy chickens, too!

The secret to avoiding disease: Nutrition and oregano

To keep your chickens healthy, you’ve got to feed them trace minerals. They need strong nutrition to fight off infectious disease. Because they’re literally cooped up during the night, chickens are especially susceptible to diseases that spread easily from one chicken to the next, so you’ve got to keep their immune systems in high gear.

I feed my chickens an organic feed recipe made with things like sea kelp, ground-up crab shells, whole grains and supplemental vitamins and minerals. It’s very nutrient dense.

On top of that, I put a dropper full of oregano oil extract into their water each day. My experience is that chickens who are raised on oregano are far more resistant to disease than chickens without oregano. Oregano replaces antibiotics in chickens, it seems, at least in my experience. I’ve never had to resort to using antibiotics.

I lost several chickens along the way while trying to figure this out. I discovered that colloidal silver in their water didn’t do much, at least not for the Avian Pox disease that some of my chickens caught. (Yeah, chicken pox, literally!)


I am absolutely convinced that chickens need sunlight to stay healthy. My chickens will often lie down on one side and extend one wing in order to allow sunlight to penetrate all the way into (and underneath) that wing. This seems to be a king of “sunning therapy” that chickens pursue by instinct.

If you keep chickens in an artificial indoor environment, you will only encourage the spread of disease, the growth of fungus, and will end up raising weaker chickens with weak immune systems. Sunlight makes chickens stronger, so the more your chickens can get outdoors and run around in the real world, the healthier, happier and more productive they will be.

Cold and wind

A lot of people who are new to raising chickens make the mistake of trying to keep them artificially warm during cold winter nights. As long as you keep chickens out of the wind, they can stay warm on their own, usually with just the help of some cracked corn in the evening. (Food equals warmth when it comes to chickens.)

Birds and ducks do just fine in freezing weather during the winters, have you noticed? So why would chickens need special heaters? Unless you’re living in the frigid north, you don’t need to provide supplemental heat to adult chickens, even in freezing weather.

Baby chicks, of course, will freeze to death very easily, even in mildly cold weather, so you’ve got to keep them warm. But adult chickens are well equipped with their own insulation. The important thing is to keep them out of the wind. That’s why you’ll need a wind-proof chicken coop so that the wind doesn’t sap the warmth out of them during a cold winter’s night.

Chicken breeds

I’ve raised all the following breeds of chickens, and here are my comments about each one:

• Golden Sex Link – Weak immune systems. Not a very hardy breed. Easily bullied by other breeds. Not recommended.

• Americana – Moody and strange. Sometimes anti-social. Beautiful show birds, but not the kind of “utilitarian” birds you really want on a working farm for producing food.

• Leghorn – Great egg layer, not very trusting of people, however. You’ll have trouble catching these birds.

• Delaware (white) – Great hybrid bird for creating eggs and meat, but not the best at either one. They get quite large compared to other breeds, and they have strong appetites. One major drawback to these birds is that they are pure white, making them easy for predators to spot from long distances. More natural-colored birds blend in better with the terrain.

• Barred Rock – I like these birds, they’re easy to handle, fairly productive and seem to be a hardy breed. This is my second-favorite breed.

• Rhode Island Red – By far the strongest survivors of all these breeds, Rhode Island Reds are very close to a perfect breed of farm chicken in my opinion. They’re also relatively friendly and easy to handle. During the spring and summer, my Rhode Island hens are laying 6 – 7 eggs per week, each!

Overall, if you’re new to chickens and you’re looking for the best breed, go with Rhode Island Reds. They’re fantastic layers.

Protecting chickens from predators

Everything in the world wants to eat your chickens. To the wild animals living in the country, your chickens are like walking Happy Meals, just ready to be devoured. So the first thing you need to realize about keeping your chickens alive is that you’ll have to protect them from predators.

If you live in a suburb or a city, you might not have very many natural predators, but if you live out in the country, you’ll attract all sorts of them. To effectively protect your chickens from predators, you’ll need to own, at minimum, one shotgun and one rifle and know how to use them.

Here’s what they’ll be facing (and how to deal with it):

Snakes. When your chicks are small, they’re bite-sized snacks for all sorts of snakes. You’ll need to keep your chicks in a snake-proof cage at night (that’s when snakes hunt). You can also expect to lose a fair number of chicken eggs to non-venomous snakes during the day.

How to deal with snakes? You can lay down some snake repellant made out of cedar wood, but that stuff only lasts a couple of weeks before losing its potency. Here’s my strategy: If it’s a rattlesnake, shoot it and throw it to the birds of prey (far from your chickens, of course). If it’s not a rattlesnake, capture it with a snake grabber (be careful, obviously), drive it at least a mile away, and release it there. Try not to release it in your neighbor’s farm, as that would be rude.

Owls. Owls are vicious, silent night hunters. They can devour fully-grown chickens. Fortunately, owls only hunt at night, so locking your chickens up in an owl-proof coop or cage takes care of that. But if you forget to close the coop, you can fully expect to lose chickens during the night.

Feral cats. Cats love to attack your chickens, just for the fun of it, it seems. Dealing with cats is up to you, but if it’s a domestic cat, I suggest you try to capture it and return it to its owner. I have a “three strikes and you’re out” policy when dealing with cats that attack my chickens. The cat and its owner gets three warnings. After the third attack, the cat gets 62 grains of lead traveling at 2900 fps. Again, people who have never lived in the country can’t imagine this because they’ve never experienced the real world, but out in the country you sometimes have to choose between keeping your chickens alive or shooting a feral animal that’s trying to kill them. This is why every rancher needs an AR-15 or some other rifle (Mini-14, Ruger 10-22, etc.) to take care of persistent predators.

Coyotes. Coyotes would love to eat your chickens if only they could reach them. Fortunately, coyotes are scared of humans, so if your chickens are close enough to your house (and well protected at night), coyotes shouldn’t be able to threaten them. On the rare occasions that coyotes have ventured to within eyesight of my chickens, I’ve simply grabbed my AR-15, fired a single shot in their general direction, and watched them scatter. Coyotes are smart animals and seem to learn from warning shots. (I don’t have experience with foxes so can’t speak about them.)

Raccoons. If you raise chicken with raccoons anywhere around, you will have to deal with raccoons. They can smell chickens a mile away, it seems. I am very reluctant to shoot raccoons and have tried everything imaginable to scare them away without killing them. I’ve hit them with slingshots, tried to scare them with shotgun blasts, and even tried to get my dog to scare them away. So far, the results have been less than ideal. Roxy has killed two or three raccoons already, usually after loud and spectacular battles that left Roxy bloodied more than once. I’ve personally avoided killing at least half a dozen other raccoons that I could have easily shot. Instead, I’ve invested in raccoon traps that cage the animals without harming them. You can then cart them off to a distant location and release them there.

Warning: Be sure to wear very thick leather gloves when handling caged raccoons. They can reach right through the bars of most rodent cages and rip your hand to shreds with their razor-sharp claws.

Hawks and falcons. It wasn’t too long ago that a large falcon — complete with a shrieking falcon cry — tried to eat one of my chickens just a hundred yards from where I’m writing this. I heard a terrible chicken cry, rushed outside to see what was going on, and saw a falcon flying away from one of my chickens, which was still barely alive. Upon inspection, the chicken turned out to be mortally wounded and missing a large part of its chest, so I did the moral thing and put it out of its misery with a couple of shots from my Benelli 12 gauge. I cursed the falcon, blessed the chicken, and made up my mind to mount a 20 gauge Remington on my farm ATV so that I could better defend my chickens in the future.

Are you shocked to read all this? Raising free-range chickens in the country requires a high level of vigilance against predators. Sure, you can raise chickens in a chicken factory without worrying about any of these things, but I want my chickens to eat weeds, bugs and wild foods. I want them to be happy, running around the farm, enjoying their lives while they provide me with eggs. So I refuse to coop them up in an artificial environment, and that means I have to take precautions to protect them from predators.

The good news in this is that all the practice with rifles and shotguns keeps me in top form with firearms — essential tools for living in the country. Like most ranchers and farmers, I now consider it fairly easy to hit a 10″ target at 300 yards, even with a semi-auto battle rifle that isn’t really very accurate compared to bolt-action hunting rifles. It pains me to actually have to shoot something with them, however, so I tend to use guns only as a last resort.

Chicken coops

Whatever chicken coops you decide to use, make sure the bottoms are protected, too. Raccoons and other animals will actually dig underneath the walls of your coop to get inside and steal some chickens.

You’ll also need to clean out your chicken coops from time to time, and this is really one of the great “joys” of owning chickens: raking or shoveling poop by the bucket-load. Chickens are messy, and they produce a lot of poop and dropped feathers. So throw on a pair of gloves and a respirator, and get to it! Somebody’s gotta clean up all the s%*# around the farm, and the sooner you get the job done, the happier (and healthier) your chickens will be.

Make sure your coops can receive some direct sunlight inside by propping open the doors or windows. Sunlight helps prevent mold and fungus from growing inside your coop.

Processing chickens

This is where my experience with chickens comes to a grinding halt. I have absolutely no experience “processing” chickens for food, and I’m not even sure I ever want to do that. For me, it would take a serious global food crisis to get me to start butchering my own chickens, and even then I would first try to barter something with somebody else first. Yes, I’d rather eat somebody else’s chickens than my own!

Fortunately, I’ve stored away a sufficient supply of ranching ammo to barter my way into almost any kind of food I might need in the future. I consider my chickens to be part of the worker team here on the ranch, not a source of food.

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Published on Dec 6, 2012